The 11th Hour

September 4, 2007 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

If you have been living under a rock or totally off the grid (good for you), however, you may not have heard about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, the 11th Hour.

The film is a new feature length documentary focusing on our environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. It explores how humanity has arrived at this moment; how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. You can view the trailer below:

I managed some time away from the little one and a movie date with a good friend this past weekend. Of course we went and saw the 11th Hour.

The 11th Hour is packed full with a wide range of people (Stephan Hawking, David Suzuki, Bruce Mau, etc.) and information about our current situation here on earth, how we got here and what we need to do NOW to make change. Unlike previous eco-documentaries that opt for manipulative scare tactics, this film’s strength is in its directness, from start to finish. The movie will definetly appeal to a wide audience—and most likely a young one. I hope that it becomes required viewing in grade schools in years to come.

The take away message … CONSUME LESS. LIVE MORE.

Along with the film, the filmmakers created, an action website based solely on helping people identify the things everyone can do to become more sustainable.

  1. Learn More – educate yourself on the science of climage change and myth busting.
  2. Buy Smart – my new mantra “Buy less, buy local, buy vintage, buy sustainable”.
  3. Save up – If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Turn it off (water, lights, and electronics) when you’re not using them.
  4. Clean Green – Use only natural cleaning products…more on this to come.
  5. Eat Better – Eat local. Eat organic. Grow your own. Know where your food comes from. Participate in the Eat Local Challenge.
  6. Travel Light – Foot, bike, bus, carpool…you know the drill.
  7. Make Time – Get involved with organizations that are experts in making a difference.

Entry filed under: Books/Movies/Web Resources, Reducing Our Impact.

“B” is for Beg, Borrow and Barter Things I LOVE – All Natural Home Cleaning

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I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and am learning to live simply and live green. I am learning the age old arts of home food preservation and cooking from scratch. This is yet another eco-blog and a place for me to really channel my passions for writing, photography and sustainable living.
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